noun, plural drums, (especially collectively for 11) drum.
- any of several cylindrical or nearly cylindrical stones laid one above the other to form a column or pier.
- a cylindrical or faceted construction supporting a dome.
verb (used without object), drummed, drum·ming.
verb (used with object), drummed, drum·ming.
- (formerly) to expel or dismiss from a military service in disgrace to the beat of a drum.
- to dismiss in disgrace: He was drummed out of the university for his gambling activities.
- to call or summon by, or as if by, beating a drum.
- to obtain or create (customers, trade, interest, etc.) through vigorous effort: They were unable to drum up enthusiasm for the new policies.
- to concoct; devise: to drum up new methods of dealing with urban crime.
Origin of drum1
noun Scot., Irish English.
Origin of drum2
Examples from the Web for drums
Contemporary Examples of drums
But they had not quit and here they now were as the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums came into the Garden.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
The “rooty toot toot” is simply the noise the horns make, while “rummy tum tum” is the drums.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
It was one night, with Tony Williams on drums and, I think, Richard Davis on bass.Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
But, like a traditional shaman, Coltrane clearly believed that the drums served as a springboard to a higher order of engagement.What if Jazz Giant John Coltrane Had Lived?
September 14, 2014
Historical Examples of drums
We gave the horses water out of the drums, and turned eastward with them.
We had to carry the water from the spring in drums, which was slow and hard work.
When he heard the drums he flared up like a spark in the tinder.The Trail Book
While I talked, there burst forth suddenly the racket of fifes and drums in the road.
All up the Valley the drums' rattle drowned the drone of the locusts in the stubble.
- one of a number of cylindrical blocks of stone used to construct the shaft of a column
- the wall or structure supporting a dome or cupola
verb drums, drumming or drummed
Word Origin for drum
Word Origin for drum
1540s, probably from Middle Dutch tromme "drum," common Germanic (cf. German Trommel, Danish tromme, Swedish trumma), probably of imitative origin. Not common before 1570s. Slightly older, and more common at first, was drumslade, apparently from Dutch or Low German trommelslag. Machinery sense attested from 1740, from similarity of shape.
1570s, from drum (n.). To drum (up) business, etc., is American English 1839, from the old way of drawing a crowd.